Pygmalian and My Fair Lady Author:George Bernard Shaw and Alan Jay Lerner The ancient Greeks tell the legend of the sculptor Pygmalion, who created a statue of a woman of such surpassing beauty that he fell in love with his own creation. Then Aphrodite, taking pity on the man whose love could not reach beyond the barrier of stone, brought the statue to life and gave her to Pygmalion as his bride. — Centuries later Geor... more »ge Bernard Shaw captured the magic of this legend in his celebrated romantic play, Pygmalion. Pygmalion became Henry Higgins, a professor of phonetics, his statue an untutored flower girl from the streets of London, and the barrier between them the difference in their stations in life.
In My Fair Lady, the legend is taken one step further; the barrier is swept away and Higgins and Eliza are reunited as the curtain falls on one of the loveliest musical plays of our time.